Twenty Local Companies Pre-Register To Work With Burcote Wind

Around 20 local businesses have pre-registered to work with renewable energy developers Burcote Wind and ERG on their consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale.

The developers, alongside the Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce and Dumfries and Galloway College hosted a Business Breakfast in November last year which invited interested local businesses to discuss procurement opportunities and beneficial procurement policies available on Burcote and ERG projects in Dumfries and Galloway.  

Following the Breakfast event Burcote and ERG asked for local companies to complete a Company Information Request to register their interest in working on the Sandy Knowe development. Twenty local businesses from a range of industries across Dumfries & Galloway have now pre-registered and will be able to tender for contracts relating to the construction of Sandy Knowe Wind Farm.  These companies, and indeed others within the local authority, will be able to take advantage of a 5% price advantage provided by the developers to Dumfries and Galloway based businesses when tendering for contracts on the wind farm.

In March last year Burcote and ERG received consent for the 24 turbine Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale.  Each turbine would have a tip height up to 125m, with the project having a total installed capacity of 48MW. As part of the application the companies offered a Community Benefit Fund (CBF) of up to £240,000 per year, up to approximately £6 million over the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.  They also agreed a substantial community ownership model with the local communities up to the equivalent of one turbine. This means that 4.17% of the net profits of the wind farm annually would be shared with the community.  

Burcote and ERG are also proposing to develop the ten turbine Longburn Wind Farm near Carsphairn and the 17 turbine Creggan Wind Farm in Argyll and Bute and have committed to replicating their community benefit and procurement models at all of their projects.

The companies have also agreed an MoU with CS Wind, an Argyll & Bute based turbine tower manufacturer to work on each of Burcote’s projects in Scotland.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We would like to thank all the businesses for pre-registering in what is a clear indication that the local business community supports the steps we are taking to boost economic development opportunities in the region through our Sandy Knowe Wind Farm.”

“As a company we are committed to ensuring that our projects provide as much benefit as possible to both the local communities and the local economy.  This is why we have committed to a preferential local procurement policy across all our Scottish projects, starting here in Dumfries and Galloway.  The construction phase of the development alone could offer around 30-50 positions over a 12-18 month period, with a further 5-10 retained contractors during the operations and maintenance phase of the development.”

“We were delighted with the feedback from across the region and we now look forward to hopefully working with a number of these impressive local companies on our consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm going forward.”

Brian Richardson, Chief Executive of Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce added:

“The Chamber welcomes the commitment of Burcote and ERG to providing a price advantage for local companies working with them in Dumfries & Galloway.  This is a very positive and innovative model and is one which we fully support as we believe it is vitally important for developers to build a network of local contacts and provide as much local content as possible.”  

Tom Barrie, Owner at local logistics company, Currie European:

As a significant local employer we commend Burcote’s approach and especially welcome their commitment to a preferential local procurement policy.  This could provide a real opportunity for Currie European and other Dumfries and Galloway based companies to establish mutually beneficial partnerships in the region and would protect the ability of local companies to compete within an increasingly challenging marketplace.”

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Business Event To Promote Local Procurement Opportunities

Burcote Wind and ERG, developers of the consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale, are hosting a Business Breakfast at Dumfries and Galloway College on Friday to promote the opportunities for local businesses to work with them on their projects in Dumfries and Galloway.  

The developers are offering Dumfries and Galloway based companies a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts related to their Sandy Knowe Wind Farm, and are now looking to meet with interested local businesses.

The event will be held at Dumfries and Galloway College (Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4FD) on Friday 18th November at 09:30am and will include breakfast, networking and an opportunity for local businesses to meet with Burcote and ERG one to one to discuss potential contracts arising from the wind farm development.  

The event will be hosted in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway College, Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Earlier this year Burcote and ERG received consent for the 24 turbine Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale.  Each turbine would have a tip height up to 125m, with the project having a total installed capacity of 48MW. As part of the application the companies offered a considerable Community Benefit Fund (CBF) of up to £240,000 per year, or up to approximately £6 million over the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.  They also agreed a substantial community ownership model with the local communities up to the equivalent of one turbine. This means that 4.17% of the net profits of the wind farm annually would be shared with the community.  

Alongside their local procurement policy, Burcote Wind has also reiterated their commitment to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CS Wind (formerly Wind Towers Scotland) to work with the Machrihanish based turbine tower manufacturer on all of its Scottish projects to ensure that significant economic benefit is retained in Scotland.  

Burcote and ERG are also proposing to develop the ten turbine Longburn Wind Farm near Carsphairn and the 17 turbine Creggan Wind Farm in Argyll and Bute and have committed to replicating their model at all of their projects.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“Burcote and ERG believe it is important to ensure that as much benefit as possible is kept within the local communities around our projects.  That is why we have offered both community ownership and community benefit to the local communities.  It is also why we have committed to a preferential local procurement policy across all our Scottish projects.  We are now keen to meet as many local businesses as possible to build a network of local contractors who can work with us across our interests in Dumfries and Galloway.”  

“I would welcome local businesses based in Dumfries and Galloway who would like to work with us to come along on Friday and learn more about the opportunities that are available.”

Burcote Wind are a Scottish renewables company based in Dunfermline who have been operating since 2009 and have an active portfolio of onshore wind projects, including the consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm near Kirkconnel and Kelloholm and the proposed Longburn Wind Farm near Carsphairn. 

Burcote recently announced a development partnership with ERG Group, who are an Italian company based in Genoa and have been operating successfully in the energy sector for over 70 years.  ERG Renew is the wholly owned renewable energy subsidiary of ERG, which focuses entirely on onshore wind energy.  ERG has a strong track record in the development, construction, financing and management of wind farms and are now the leading wind energy operator in Italy with an installed capacity of over 1GW.

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Sandy Knowe Wind Farm Shortlisted for Green Energy Award

Burcote Wind’s consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Upper Nithsdale, has been shortlisted for the Best Community Engagement Award at the Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards 2016.

The Best Community Engagement Award is a new addition to the awards ceremony this year and recognises ‘outstanding engagement with a community by a commercial developer, which enhanced the participation of the community in the project and/or shared the benefits of the project with the community.’   The awards ceremony will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 1 December 2016.

Burcote submitted a new application to Dumfries and Galloway Council in July last year for Sandy Knowe Wind Farm.  This followed the refusal of an original Section 36 application by the Scottish Government in February 2015, which prompted a petition with over 1,000 signatures from the local communities to overturn the decision. The new application for 24 turbines, and a total installed capacity of up to 48MW, was consented by the Council in March this year.

The Company announced last year that they will be working in partnership with ERG, a major Italian renewable investor, with over 1GW of wind energy under its control.  This partnership has enabled the developer to fully implement its community engagement strategy, agreeing both a significant community benefit fund and an innovative community shared ownership model.  This model will see the local Community Councils of Kirkconnel & Kelloholm and the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar owning up to the equivalent of one turbine and sharing in the revenues (4.17%) of Sandy Knowe Wind Farm.

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, Burcote has also set up the Sandy Knowe Community Benefit Fund that will make a contribution to the surrounding communities of up to approximately £6 million over the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.  In addition, the developer has also proposed a preferential procurement policy for local contractors, providing a 5% price advantage for local firms on contracts relating to the development.

Sandy Knowe Wind Farm has received significant support from the local communities, with both the host and neighbouring Community Councils supporting the development.  In total, the application received 118 letters of support, and only one letter of objection.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Best Community Engagement Award at this years Green Energy Awards.  The communities of Upper Nithsdale have been consistently supportive of the Sandy Knowe project and this was a major factor in our decision to submit a smaller application to Dumfries and Galloway Council and also directly contributed to the decision by the Planning Committee to consent the project. This was a victory for the community, as much as for us. Being shortlisted as finalists for this award is recognition and appreciation of how we have involved the local communities over the last five years in every step of the evolution of this project.  

“Burcote Wind and our partners ERG, place communities and community engagement at the heart of our approach to renewable development and will continue to do so with not only Sandy Knowe, but each of our other projects throughout the UK.  As a company we are committed to ensuring that each of our developments make a significant contribution to both the local communities and economy.  With the help of local communities in Upper Nithsdale we have developed an inclusive approach to community engagement that we are rightly proud of. The output from this engagement is the formulation of a Community Development Plan to focus the community on using funds to promote social cohesion and economic growth; the introduction of our Community Shared Ownership policy, which goes beyond simple Community Benefits to offer them a stake in the future performance of the wind farm; and, a commitment to local companies through our Regional Procurement Policy that they can also benefit from the construction and operation of our projects. We believe that this will allow the local communities to fully embrace the opportunities that Sandy Knowe can provide.”

“I would like to congratulate the other shortlisted developers and we are now looking forward to what is sure to be a hugely enjoyable evening.”

A joint comment from Royal Burgh of Sanquhar Community Council and Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Community Council stated:

“We would like to congratulate Burcote Wind and ERG for being shortlisted for this award – it is truly deserved.  We fully support Sandy Knowe Wind Farm and have worked closely with Burcote Wind over the last few years.  Both our communities have been incredibly impressed by their commitment to work with us to maximise the benefits that Sandy Knowe can create locally.  Sandy Knowe will provide us with a great opportunity to significantly improve local services, provide work related training and will help breathe new life into our communities, creating a positive legacy for future generations, which otherwise would not be possible.”

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Burcote Wind and CS Wind Reaffirm Commitment in MoU

Scottish wind developer, Burcote Wind re-committed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CS Wind UK yesterday (Wednesday 28 September). The MoU was signed by Graham Brown, Director of Burcote Wind and Lesley Black, Sales and Marketing Manager at CS Wind UK at the WindEnergy Expo 2016 in Hamburg.

The agreement will see the two companies working together across Burcote Wind’s portfolio, including the recently consented Sandy Knowe Wind Farm, a 24 turbine project in Dumfries and Galloway.

In 2012, Burcote Wind first committed to a MoU with Wind Towers Scotland, which was then acquired by CS Wind Corporation earlier this year. Last year Burcote Wind also announced a partnership with ERG, Italy’s leading wind energy operator and one of the primary operators in Europe (1,446MW installed).

Burcote Wind’s portfolio is made up six active onshore wind projects at various stages of planning throughout Scotland. One of the company’s proposed developments, Creggan Wind Farm, is located close to the CS Wind UK plant in West Kintyre. Burcote Wind’s pipeline could provide the plant with over a year’s worth of orders based on the current manufacturing capacity, providing crucial support for local skills, employment and apprenticeships in Kintyre.

Graham Brown said: “I’m delighted to reaffirm and strengthen our relationship with CS Wind through the signing of this updated Memorandum of Understanding today. We want to ensure as much as possible of the £500 million investment behind our project pipeline is retained in Scotland, supporting jobs and skills. This includes our unique Procurement Policy, which offers local contractors a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts relating to our projects. This coupled with our ground breaking Community Ownership scheme ensures our status a leading, community focused onshore wind developer.

Lesley Black commented: “CS Wind is delighted to reconfirm this agreement today in Hamburg. CS Wind’s acquisition of Wind Towers (Scotland) in April this year is a positive step towards strengthening the UK’s wind tower manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness.

“The support of developers like Burcote Wind for local suppliers provides a visible order pipeline for the factory, in turn helping to secure the future for high value skilled manufacturing jobs in renewables industry in the UK,”

Sir Ed Davey, Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “I am delighted to have witnessed the MoU signing between CS Wind UK and Burcote Wind. To see these two companies reassert their commitment to production and development in Scotland is key for our industry’s growth within the UK. The jobs secured by CS Wind in Campbeltown show Scotland’s overall commitment to the energy industry.”

CS Wind UK is one of the largest single employers in the Campbelltown area, with a workforce of around 160. In July 2016 the company announced its commitment to make further investments in its plant, which will create and additional 160 jobs. This move was welcomed by Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, who highlighted the company’s contribution to job creation in the local area.

The MoU commits both Burcote Wind and CS Wind UK to five years of future development within Scotland. The two companies will work together to provide the technical, commercial and operational support necessary in respect of wind energy projects being developed by Burcote Wind in the UK. Where possible the companies will agree to collaborate on future onshore wind projects within the UK.

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Council Approves Sandy Knowe Wind Farm

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved plans for the proposed Sandy Knowe Wind Farm on land south-west of Kirkconnel and Kelloholm in Upper Nithsdale with a 11-6 decision in favour of the development at the Planning Applications Committee on Tuesday 22nd March.

Burcote submitted an application to the Council in July last year for a reduced 24 turbine Sandy Knowe scheme. This followed the refusal of an original 30 turbine, Section 36 application by the Scottish Government in February 2015, which prompted a petition with over 1,000 signatures from the local communities to overturn the decision. The new application would see 24 turbines, each with a tip height up to 125m, with the project having a total installed capacity of up to 48MW.

The Sandy Knowe application received no objections from statutory consultees such as SNH, SEPA and Historic Scotland, with only a partial consultee objection from the Council’s Landscape Architect, but was recommended for refusal by Council Planners on the grounds of adverse landscape and visual impacts. Despite the recommendation, Councillor Archie Dryburgh moved a successful motion to consent the scheme, which was seconded by Councillor Ian Carruthers.

Burcote announced last year that they will be working in partnership with ERG, a major Italian renewable investor on Sandy Knowe Wind Farm, meaning that despite recent changes in domestic market conditions, the project will now be built out. The partnership also means that the project can offer an innovative community shared ownership model, with the local Community Councils of Kirkconnel and Kelloholm and the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar owning up to the equivalent of one turbine.

Sandy Knowe Wind Farm has received significant support from the local communities, with 118 letters of support and only one objection. Both the Kirkconnel and Kelloholm and The Royal Burgh of Sanquhar Community Councils, and local member Cllr John Syme, spoke in support of the application at Committee.

Fraser Campbell, Operations Director at Burcote Wind welcomed the decision:

“We are delighted that the Council has again shown their support for the Sandy Knowe development and consented our application today (Tuesday). We have worked closely with the Council and the local communities for the last four years to ensure that we brought forward an application that was both sensitively designed and located, but also one which would provide genuine benefit for the local communities.”

‘We are now looking forward to working with the communities to realise the potential that Sandy Knowe has. Kirkconnel, Kelloholm and Sanquhar will now, after years of waiting, be able to affect real, positive change in their respective communities, as a result of this decision.”

A joint comment from Royal Burgh of Sanquhar Community Council and Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Community Council stated:

“The Communities of Sanquhar, Kirkconnel and Kelloholm welcome the Planning Applications Committee’s decision today. We fully support Sandy Knowe Wind Farm and have done so throughout. This development will provide us with a great opportunity to significantly improve local services, provide work related training and will help breathe new life into our communities. We do not want to rely on the Council to fund these programmes. We want to take responsibility for ourselves, and today’s decision allows us to achieve that.”

Local communities have entered into an Agreement of Intent to participate in shared ownership of the scheme, which will now see 4.17% of net profits shared with the communities annually. In addition, and in line with Scottish Government guidelines, Burcote has also set up the Sandy Knowe Community Benefit Fund that will make a contribution to the surrounding communities of up to £240,000 per year, or up to approximately £6 million over the 25 year lifespan of the wind farm.

Alongside their offer of community ownership and community benefit contributions, Burcote has also proposed a preferential procurement policy for local contractors, providing a 5% price advantage for local firms on contracts relating to the development. This would apply to businesses based in Dumfries and Galloway.

Burcote Wind is a Scottish renewables company who are based in Dunfermline, and have been operating since 2009 in Scotland and throughout the UK. The company has six projects active throughout the UK, with their current focus for investment being on Dumfries and Galloway. Burcote announced last year that they will be working in partnership with ERG, a major Italian renewable investor, on projects in Dumfries and Galloway – Sandy Knowe and Longburn Wind Farm. ERG has been operating successfully in the energy sector for almost 80 years and is the leading wind energy operator in Italy and one of the primary operators in Europe (1,446 MW installed).

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New proposals for Sandy Knowe wind farm

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Dunfermline based renewable energy developer Burcote Wind has announced dates for public exhibitions to inform local people about new proposals for Sandy Knowe wind farm located 1.7km south-west of Kirkconnel in Upper Nithsdale.

In a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council, the developer has outlined proposals to move forward with community consultation on a scheme comprising of 24 turbines with an anticipated total installed capacity of 48MW. Each turbine will measure a maximum of 125m from ground to blade tip.

The new proposals come on the back of a Scottish Government decision in February 2015 not to grant planning consent for a 30-turbine scheme because of landscape and visual impact concerns.

The developer will showcase the new proposals in a series of public exhibitions in Sanquhar and Kelloholm on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 June and is encouraging members of both local communities to attend to find out more about the proposals and put forward any suggestions that they might have for the associated community benefit fund worth up to £240,000 annually.

The events will feature exhibition boards and a 3D computer model of the site to show people how the development would look from practically anywhere in the local landscape. Members of the Burcote Wind project team will also be on hand to answer any questions and collect feedback.

The exhibitions will take place on:

  • Wednesday 10 June: Nithsdale Hotel, 1 High Street, Sanquhar, DG4 6DJ, 2.00pm until 7.00pm; and
  • Thursday 11 June: Hillview Leisure Centre, Kirkland Drive, Kelloholm, DG4 6ST, 2.00pm until 7.00pm

Commenting on the new proposals, Burcote Wind’s Operations Director Fraser Campbell said:

“Understandably, we were bitterly disappointed by the Scottish Government’s decision not to consent our previous 30-turbine application and this was compounded by the massive local support that the proposal had.

“Very early on after hearing the decision, we resolved that we would not give up on the Sandy Knowe site, not only because we strongly believe that the site is suited to wind farm development, but because of the incredible support we have had from local people who know how much the investment from the wind farm and associated community benefit fund could mean to the local community.

“That is why we have come back with these new proposals with even less impact on the local area.  Also, as a development of under 50MW it will be determined by Dumfries & Galloway Council and local Councillors who previously raised no objection to the larger scheme.”

“I am also delighted to be able to announce that Burcote Wind has updated its Community Shared Ownership Policy which will be offered to the local community as part of the new proposals. This will be over and above the industry standard community benefit fund of £5,000 per mega-watt of installed capacity.”

“I would urge anyone with an interest in the Sandy Knowe project to come along to the exhibitions in either Sanquhar or Kelloholm and see the revised proposals and give us their comments and feedback.”

Updates and further information are available on the Sandy Knowe wind farm community website www.sandyknowewindfarm.com.

 

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For further information please contact Catherine McWilliam at Orbit Communications on 0131 603 8996 or catherine.mcwilliam@orbit-comms.co.uk.

Notes to editors

  1. Burcote Wind is an independent renewable energy company based in Dunfermline, Scotland, but active throughout the UK. The company specialises in onshore wind energy projects from the identification and design stage right through to construction and operation.

 

  1. On Wednesday the 8th April Burcote Wind submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to Dumfries and Galloway Council which outlined the following for Sandy Knowe wind farm:

 

Proposed development comprising; around 24 wind turbines connected to an on site substation building; substation compound; meteorological masts; access tracks; temporary construction compound(s); ancillary works and vehicular access arrangements.”

 

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Sandy Knowe wind farm public exhibitions – June 2015

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